ACTION (Area Churches Together In One Network) began in 2009 as a group of pastors and church leaders wanted to gather for the common goal of serving Christ and ministering to the people around them. Their vision was to become more than a “ministerial association” and that hope began to materialize and is still growing.
Jeff Neumann of Farm Bureau Insurance, who serves as president of the organization, said ACTION is a collaboration of people of Christian faith which exists to minister to individuals and families of the Dowagiac area. The organization is based upon the words of Christ in John 17:21 - “[My prayer is] that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
“The board of directors is committed to serving as God leads,” Neumann said. “Each ministry that is undertaken is weighed and evaluated based upon the leadership available and the need it will fill.”
Current areas of ministry include a food pantry that serves 40 to 60 families per week, Senior Commodity Distribution and Emergency Food Assistance programs and the coordination of 20 semi-truck loads of food per year for the Feed the Hungry mobile pantry. It provides transitional housing for family reunification and men exiting jail, provides community service opportunities and sponsors community ministry and educational events. It also hosts community worship services, including Thanksgiving, Good Friday and the community-wide service held during Summer in the City. At its building on Main Street, provided by Clark Chapel / Starks Family Funeral Homes, ACTION also provides facility rental for meetings or special events.
“Our volunteers are vital to the workings and continuation of our mission,” Neumann said. “While we have been blessed to have good cooperation from the community, we are always in need of loyal, committed partners willing to join in the work.”
Funding for ACTION is dependent upon donations and grants. “While we do not have paid staff, we continue to flourish, even though the treasury gets tight from time to time,” Neumann said. “Gifts from individuals continue to be our life blood. Whether it is for food, administration, housing or for future plans, any gift of any amount is welcome and received with much thanksgiving.” Donations can be sent to ACTION at 301 Main St., Dowagiac.
ACTION is a 501 (c)(3) corporation.